Spring has sprung! Along with it being mating season, spring is a time when most people are busy getting organized for the summer. But this is the perfect time for some sex toy spring cleaning too. By properly maintaining and cleaning your most intimate possessions, you’re basically guaranteeing a healthy and safe sex life throughout the warmer seasons.
Here’s Our Sex Toy Spring Cleaning Guide
Sex Toy Checkup
Believe it or not, sex toys have a limited lifespan. Materials such as silicone, latex, rubber, plastic and jelly degrade over time, leaving them susceptible to bacterial growth. Even using silicone lubricants can help accelerate the break down certain materials over time. Examine each of your toys closely and make sure there aren’t any rips, tears or bubbles. Also, check your glass and hard plastic toys for any cracking or chipping. We recommend replacing anything that is especially discolored or warped. Spring is also a great time for checking on battery leaks and recharging your toys.
Cleanliness is next to Godliness
Infections are typically caused by improperly sanitized sex toys. In fact, unclean toys can even transmit diseases when shared. That’s why it’s important to wash your toys after every use. Although not a requirement, a quality sex toy cleaner is an excellent investment. We’re fans of the foaming System JO Antibacterial Toy Cleaner or spray Swiss Navy Toy and Body Cleaner. Both of these cleaners are effective at removing the most stubborn lubricants and residue. If you’re out of cleaner, a gentle soap will do the trick. Just make sure you follow the manufactures directions.
Lubes and Lotions
Sex toy spring cleaning also means clearing out all of those old lubes and lotions. Emollient-based products have a shelf-life of about six months and the ingredients can start separating, making them look and feel runny. You can prevent bodily irritation by tossing out any outdated lubes. It’s just good practice to replace your products every now and again to ensure the integrity of your sex toys too.
Sex Toy Cleaning Tips
- Rubber or jelly sex toys are porous and sticky, meaning they can easily attract dirt and bacteria on the surface. You can clean these toys using warm water and soap. However, make certain to rinse off all the soap residue. Anything left behind can damage the toy as well as cause skin irritation. You can wipe it off using a soft cloth or let it air dry.
- Hard Plastic or acrylic toys are better served using a sex toy cleaner or antibacterial soap. Be sure and follow the cleaning instruction and rinse completely. You can use a soft, non-abrasive cloth for drying. Wipe any excess moisture from the charging contacts.
- Glass, pyrex, and stainless steel toys can be placed in the dishwasher, as long as they don’t have batteries. You can even go as far as boiling them in a pot of hot water for a deeper clean. Add a dash of coconut oil to your metal toys after washing and prevent rusting.
- Masturbation sleeves and cock rings are usually made from a realistic silicone-based material, requiring some extra care. Clean your products using soap and rinse completely using warm water and let them air dry. Keep your product fresh by adding a light coat of cornstarch after it’s dried.
Store and Stash
Part of your sex toy spring cleaning ritual should also include storage. We advise storing your sex toys in a cool, dry place, and out of direct sunlight. It’s a good idea to take out the battery if you aren’t planning on using your toys for a while. We recommend cleaning out your storage space and removing any debris or lube leftovers.
You can keep your sex toys safe from prying eyes with the Tallulah Toy Case. This handy tote comes with a secure double zipper that accommodates a small lock. Or hide your goodies in plain sight using the Stashe Toy Pillow.